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Diets To Reduce Clogged Arteries
Atherosclerosis is the most common disease in 1st world countries & results in loss of blood supply, heart attack, stroke, etc. body wide. It is within the walls of arteries, without symptoms until plaques rupture releasing debris & inducing blood clots. ↑ed age, LDL-particles, blood glucose &/or pressure, ↓ HDL & smoking All ↑ incidence of events. Optimizing changeable ...Read more
Food Myths: Nope. That would be a false myth. ...Read more
Not much: Hi. There's not much "natural" you can do to help reduce atherosclerotic plaque except healthy diet and regular exercise, and obviously don't smoke. The biggest issue, your genetics, is not a modifiable variable. You're young, but there are bad genes that can cause atherosclerotic events in your age group. If you can give us more information, perhaps we can be of greater assistance. Good luck! ...Read more
Diet, exercise &cholesterol is important in reducing cad. What measures can I take to reduce oxidative damage and plaque formation---vitamins, suppl?
CAD: Coronary artery disease and its sequelae are one of the leading cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Certainly, genetics play a large role in plaque buildup. A diet low in fat/cholesterol and avoiding cigarettes are two of the best ways to reduce your chances of developing diseased arteries. ...Read more
See below: Foods rich in fats and cholesterol, generally speaking. ...Read more
Calcification & hardening of arteries, would cholesterol reducing drugs help to undo or control the problem?
Risk modification: I am assuming you have coronary artery disease and possibly an ischemic event. We are dealing with secondary prevention. Do not smoke, aggressive lipid modification with statins drugs(lower LDL less than 100 and less than 70 if dm and cad), diabetes treatment, BP less than 130/80, Aspirin 81mg a day, Plavix (clopidogrel) if CAD and revascularization done(pci/stent), weight control, physician manage exercise. ...Read more
From a preventative view. Does cardio help to strengthen existing weak artery walls and reduce existing plaque buildup or just help to stop further?
Lipid: We don't really know but it does. Likely genetically mediated. ...Read more
refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more
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